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Mentoring/Farm Manager Opportunity—Abingdon Organics

Abingdon Organics seeking Farm Assistant Manager

Abingdon Organics, a certified organic farm just outside of Abingdon in southwest Virginia, is seeking a Farm Assistant Manager, as well as other positions through Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Project’s farmer mentorship program. Abingdon Organics has had a full-time, season-long Farm Assistant Manager for the past two years, along with interns, WWOOFers and paid employees.

Abingdon is a town of 8000, has a thriving farmers’ market, excellent restaurants and is strong in the arts and music. On a 7.5 acre farm, we raise 3 acres of certified organic produce which we sell at the Abingdon Farmers ‘Market 2 days/week, to several local restaurants and through Appalachian Harvest, an organic wholesale network. We raise 50 different types of vegetables and fruits, well over 100 heirloom and other varieties, from spring through late fall. We have a heated greenhouse where we raise our bedding plants, four large high tunnels and several smaller hoop houses for early and late season crops.
We employ a variety of organic techniques including habitats for beneficial insects, cover cropping, trap cropping for insect control, composting and more. We love to experiment with new ideas.

We are closely associated with many other organic growers and the region’s sustainable development movement. The Assistant Farm Manager position is from early March through September or October, though we are willing to negotiate if necessary to accommodate different schedules. Other positions on the farm can be of shorter duration, though we prefer folks who can work at least 2 – 3 months. Work includes greenhouse planting and maintenance, tractor work, planting, weeding, composting, harvesting and selling at the farmers’ market. Work is intense, but enjoyable. We offer a room in our house, great local food including our produce and local grass-finished meats. Our farm is just a few miles from the Creeper Trail, a 35 mile rail to trail that ends at White Top
Mountain.

If interested, please call Anthony Flaccavento @ 276 628-4727 or email us @
flaccavento@ruralscale.com

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Virginia Farm Link Program

This category will be used for Land For Sale, Land Wanted, Leases,
Landowners looking for Agriculture Producers, etc.

Also check out Virginia Farm Link.

The Virginia Farm Link  program is designed to  help two important segments of the commonwealth’s farm community:

  • Farmers and landowners who are facing retirement and want to see their businesses continue and their land stay in production; and
  • Beginning and aspiring farmers who are in search of business arrangements through which they can acquire land, equipment, experience and access to the knowledge of seasoned producers.

Also resources listed for Farm Transition Resources

Click here for more info on the Virginia Farm Link Program & to access the database. 

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Welcome to Virginia Beginning Farmer Connections~

Hey Folks!!!

The Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Project has established a beginning farmer blog;                        Virginia Beginning Farmer Connections.

Virignia Beginning Farmer Connections is intended to be a message board for topics that pertain to beginning farmers and ranchers in Virginia.

“Connections” is broken down into 4 categories; General, Equipment/Farm Related Sales, Farmer/Mentoring/Internship Opportunities, and Land.

Virginia Beginning Farmer Connections can serve as an active communication network for farmers, ranchers, educators, and service providers. We encourage you to post comments, but ask that all posts are appropriate for Virginia Beginning Farmer Connections.  Topics can include, but not be limited to:

  • Questions that relate to farming needs.
  • Resources aimed at beginning farmers and ranchers.
  • Events and programs directed towards beginning farmers and ranchers.
  • Farming/Mentoring Opportunities
  • “Marketplace”/Classified  Listing

You can learn more about the Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Project by clicking the logo                          under Project Website on the top, right side of the page.

If you want to stay informed about our project activities using  social media, follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our listserv.

Visit www.vabeginningfarmer.org

Virginia Beginning Farmer Connections is managed by Kelli Scott, Farm Mentor Coordinator for the Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Project.  Kelli can be reached at kescott1@vt.edu or (540) 315-5884.

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